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first_imgIn December 2007, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) concluded that mandatory restrictions on trans fats should not be imposed.Legislation to limit the level of trans fats in food has been introduced in New York and in Denmark, and the key question for the FSA in the UK was whether regulatory action was required. At its meeting on 13 December, the FSA’s board decided to recommend to UK health ministers that voluntary measures to reduce trans fats in food are resulting in such low consumer intakes, that mandatory restrictions are not necessary.The FSA’s practical approach to this issue is very welcome to the food industry. Instead of suggesting yet another piece of legis- lation, the FSA has made a practical recommendation, based on detailed scientific advice and liaison with the industry. It has established, first of all, that the level of trans fat consumption is lower in the UK than had been the case in North America and Denmark and, secondly, that all parts of the food industry are already in the midst of substantial and successful action to reduce the trans fat content of foods. If only there were more occasions when the answer on an issue such as this was “regulation is not necessary”!Apart from the extra burden that regulations always create for industry, there would have been a further complication in this particular case had the FSA recommended the introduction of new legislation. Such a move would have had an impact on free trade between the member states of the European Union, since manufacturers in other countries might have needed to reformulate in order to meet UK standards. The European Commission challenged the Danish regulation on exactly that basis but, after investigation, it was held to be justified and was allowed to stand.However, a similar regulation in the UK would have required separate assessment, because the health justification for inter- fering with free trade would only be established if the actual level of dietary consumption in the UK was a cause for medical concern and other methods of dealing with this, such as voluntary action, were failing. What is more, the effect of a second European country introducing regulations on this issue would have been to significantly increase the risk of country after country following suit, with each imposing different limits and methods of control. This would fragment the market and cause major problems for manufacturers.There are obvious parallels with the doubts that arose earlier this year on the safety of certain artifical food colours in food for children, following the publication of research by Southampton University. There was a widespread call in the UK for legislation, but the government was reluctant to legislate on the issue, because there was the risk of a challenge under European single market law. Instead, the matter was referred for consideration at EU level. nOwen Warnock is senior partner and food law expert at inter- national law firm Evershedslast_img read more

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first_img== EC looks at ABF plan ==The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into a plan by Associated British Foods (ABF) to buy parts of the Dutch yeast producer GB Ingredients. In a statement, EC Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said the Commission “must make sure” that the transaction would not affect the quality or price of yeast products in southern Europe.== Rimini Expo 2009 ==The International Exhibition of Artisan Gelato, Confectionery & Bakery Production will be back at Rimini Expo Centre from January 17 to 21 2009. The exhibition – which has run for 30 years – will showcase artisan confectionery, pastry, ice-cream and bakery. Next year, it will also have a dedicated coffee area for the first time. More information is available at [http://www.sigep.it].== Brussels conference ==CAOBISCO, the Association representing the chocolate, biscuit and confectionery industries of Europe, is holding a one-day event on May 27 in Brussels. It will consider the challenges the industry faces as European Union legislators focus on diet and lifestyle issues. Contact Paula Byrne on +32 2 539 1800 or email [email protected]== Symphony in plastic ==Hertfordshire-based Symphony Environmental, which supplies degradable plastics, has signed a deal with South African company Albany Bakeries to supply it with biodegradable plastic packaging for all of its bakery products.== O’Briens expands ==O’Briens has opened a café in Glasgow shopping centre Silverburn – its 43rd outlet in Scotland. The café is one of three scheduled to open in Scotland this spring.last_img read more

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Warburtons’ loaf gets fruitier

first_imgWarburtons has revamped the recipe for its Fruit Loaf with Orange so that it now provides one portion of fruit for every two slices. The new recipe loaf will be available from mid-January and is to be relaunched in redesigned packaging in order to highlight the extra fruit content as well as its low-fat and no added sugar credentials.“Fruit loaves offer customers a healthier tea-time treat and show the strongest growth year-on-year in the tea break sector with volume sales up 17.3% (Source AC Nielsen to 12th July 2008),” said Sarah Miskell, category director at Warburtons. “They can also be enjoyed by the family as a snack or toasted for breakfast. We are very pleased to have improved our Fruit Loaf with Orange recipe to offer one of the recommended five a day portions of fruit and vegetables in just one serving (two slices) and to bring this delicious, fruitier loaf to market.”last_img read more

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first_imgFudges goes onlineDorset bakery Fudges has launched an online bakery shop. Its virtual bakery will stock Fudges’ savoury and sweet biscuits, cheese straws and cheese wafers, flatbreads and cakes. To celebrate the launch, the firm has developed a number of new sweet biscuits: a Butter Biscuit, which is half-dipped in dark chocolate; Oat & Sultana Biscuits and Hazelnut Biscuits, which are both hand-dipped in thick Belgian milk chocolate; and a Lemon Zest biscuit, which is half-dipped in white chocolate. A Fudges family blog is also available at www.fudges.co.uk.UB cuts emissionsUnited Biscuits (UB) reduced factory carbon emissions by 5% in 2009 by improving staff awareness, introducing energy-saving initiatives, such as closely monitoring when ovens were used, and switching to renewable energy. The company said it has now cut factory carbon emissions by 28% since 1995 and is on course to meet its target of a 35% reduction by 2020.Ashers’ application Scottish bakery chain Ashers has lodged a planning application to create six commercial units and refurbish an area at the back of its bakery in Moray to create a courtyard retail development with a community garden.Brakes’ new siteFoodservice supplier Brakes has launched a new-look website for the group www.brake.co.uk. It now includes ’The E-List’ a tool that allows visitors to search a catalogue of thousands of products online for the first time. Users will also be able to create, download and save order lists. There is also a ’What’s in season’ section, alongside serving suggestions and nutritional information.last_img read more

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South Bend Mayor James Mueller announces ban on police choke holds

first_imgIndianaLocalNews South Bend Mayor James Mueller announces ban on police choke holds (Photo supplied/City of South Bend) South Bend Mayor James Mueller announced a ban on choke holds in the South Bend Police Department in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Mayor Mueller also announced that the discipline matrix for police would be released to the public and up for comment later this week and the Use of Force policy, soon after.City staff, both inside and outside of the police department, will also be trained on implicit bias.The mayor’s announcement took place during a news conference on racial justice on Monday, June 15, one day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Eric Logan, who was shot and killed by a South Bend Police officer. Logan reportedly lunged at the officer with a knife before he was shot. The officer was investigating a car break-in at the time.“Reforming our public safety systems was the top priority when I entered into office and the importance of doing so is ever more urgent today,” said Mayor James Mueller.“We have never, in my 32 years, have ever taught it (choke holds), never trained it, never used it,” said Ruszkowski. “However, we never had the words in our policy that you could never use chokeholds, stranglehold, carotid, whatever.”“Any cop who thinks or relishes in this idea that what we saw is acceptable needs to turn in their badge right now,” Ruszkowski said. “We are more than willing and more than open to having these conversations because we can’t get it right unless people are telling us what we’re getting wrong.”As for the aforementioned “discipline matrix” Mueller said it will make it easier and more consistent in holding officers accountable for doing something wrong based on the situation.Mueller stopped short of saying he was planning to remove money from the South Bend police department. However, Chief Ruszkowski said if there is any money that needs to be removed from the department’s budget in order to alleviate the jobs that officers do that aren’t police-related he is all for it.Similar reforms are happening in Indianapolis where Mayor Joe Hogsett is working with consultants to deep dive into how police in the Capital City can reform it’s use of force policy and other policies where he feels there may be “systemic racism.”Network Indiana contributed to this story. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp By 95.3 MNC – June 15, 2020 11 615 Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ Twitter Pinterest Previous articleSBPD asking for tips, info after 70 shots fired, 1 person hit early Monday morningNext articleGoshen Health: COVID-19 transmission increasing at rapid pace in Elkhart County 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

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Gasbuddy: gasoline prices holding steady for now

first_img Google+ Gasbuddy: gasoline prices holding steady for now By Jon Zimney – June 22, 2020 0 257 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Google+ Facebook (“Gas Pump” by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0) INDIANAPOLIS–The average price for gas in Indiana has been hovering around $2.10 per gallon, since the second week of June. How much longer will that last? That is something GasBuddy is trying to figure out.Prices were as low as $1 per gallon when the coronavirus pandemic forced the state to go under a stay-at-home order, but gas prices have gone back up since the state has slowly reopened. Since June 8, they have not moved a whole lot.“Frankly, it looks like they’re (gas stations) not playing their normal games of lowering prices after they go up. That’s a distinct change from earlier this year. Each time prices went up, stations would start to undercut each other relatively quickly,” says Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.DeHaan says that all changed in April when prices started to go back up. After going up steadily, now they are holding steady.“It’s too early to tell if this is a long-term change that stations simply raise prices and then hold them steady. This is certainly an unusual and abrupt shift. This could be an attempt amidst a pandemic to be a little more cautious knowing that gasoline sales are still lower or it could be something else,” says DeHaan.DeHaan still believes prices will go “back to normal.” So, what does normal look like?“I think the ‘normal’ for this summer is going to be prices kind of in the low to mid $2 per gallon range. I think we should hold that through August. I don’t think we’ll make a full recovery in gas prices this summer unless the situation improves significantly from today,” says DeHaan.Many stations are selling gas for $2.09, but DeHaan says he would not be surprised if some stations see an increase to $2.19 as early as this week. The average price for gasoline in the South Bend area was $2.02 on Monday, according to Gas Buddy. IndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleGoshen Cruising Reunion has been cancelledNext articleCity of Elkhart has a new Fire Chief Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Football Fridays continue in downtown South Bend

first_img (“IMG_9763_1” by Chad Routh, CC BY-SA 2.0) Football Fridays will continue in South Bend.The Courtyard by Marriott, in partnership with Downtown South Bend, Inc. and Visit South Bend Mishawaka, have decided to schedule three more tailgates following the success of the September 18 event.Free, family-friendly tailgates will take place on the Gridiron on the Fridays of Notre Dame home game weekends, including October 9, October 16 and November 6.The October 9 event will feature a special guest appearance by former Irish Quarterback Brandon Wimbush, who will be signing autographs and taking pictures from 5-7 p.m.The public is encouraged to grab carryout from a downtown eatery to enjoy on the Gridiron during each event. There will be live music by Ultrafab from 5:30-8 p.m. and a cash bar.The seating area will be physically distanced and cleaned throughout the event. Hand sanitizer will be made available, and masks will be required except when eating and drinking. Football Fridays continue in downtown South Bend Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Previous articleJackson Middle School students given face masks, school supplies before returning to classNext articleNotre Dame to offer end-of-semester COVID testing to students Brooklyne Beatty Google+ Twitter TAGSBrandon WimbushCourtyard by MarriottfootballFootball FridaysgameGridironIndianaNotre DameNovember 6October 16October 9South Bendvisit south bend mishawaka By Brooklyne Beatty – October 8, 2020 0 288 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

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St. Joseph County mask order extended to May 27

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Tommie Lee – March 29, 2021 3 346 (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Health Department) The St. Joseph County Health Office has extended the COVID mask order through May 27.Dr. Robert Einterz renewed the mask order Monday afternoon, which calls for people to wear masks in any enclosed public place or workplace.Einterz said that there should be no further extension beyond that date. The order had been set to expire on Wednesday.The new order also calls on businesses to continue to have hand sanitizer available at entrances for customers. He also made mention in his statement of the recent rise in cases of COVID variants from California and the UK. St. Joseph County mask order extended to May 27 Twitter Previous articleNotre Dame cancels 2021 study abroad program due to COVIDNext articleMore calls for Michigan GOP Chair to resign Tommie Lee Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

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Statement to Parliament: PM Commons statement on European Council: 26 March 2018

first_imgIntroductionMr Speaker, before I turn to the European Council, I am sure the whole House will join me in sending our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed in the appalling terrorist attack at Trèbes on Friday.The House will also want to pay tribute to the extraordinary actions of Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame who, unarmed, took the place of a hostage and gave his own life to save the lives of others. Son sacrifice et son courage ne seront jamais oubliés.Mr Speaker, just last week we marked the first anniversary of the attack on Westminster and remembered the humbling bravery of PC Keith Palmer.It is through the actions of people like PC Palmer and Lt-Col Beltrame, that we confront the very worst of humanity with the very best.And through the actions of us all – together in this Parliament and in solidarity with our allies in France – we show that our democracy will never be silenced and our way of life will always prevail.European CouncilMr Speaker, turning to the Council, we discussed confronting Russia’s threat to the rules-based order. We agreed our response to America’s import tariffs on steel and aluminium, and we also discussed Turkey and the Western Balkans, as well as economic issues including the appropriate means of taxing digital companies.All of these are issues on which the UK will continue to play a leading role in our future partnership with the EU after we have left. And this Council also took important steps towards building that future partnership.RussiaFirst, on Russia, we are shortly to debate the threat that Russia poses to our national security – and I will set this out in detail then.But at this Council, I shared the basis for our assessment that Russia was responsible for the reckless and brazen attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury – and the exposure of many others to potential harm.All EU leaders agreed and as a result the Council conclusions were changed to state that the Council “…agrees with the United Kingdom government’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible and that there is no alternative plausible explanation.”Mr Speaker, this was the first offensive use of a nerve agent on European soil since the foundation of the EU and NATO.It is a clear violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention and – as an unlawful use of force – a clear breach of the UN Charter.It is part of a pattern of increasingly aggressive Russian behaviour – but also represents a new and dangerous phase in Russia’s hostile activity against Europe and our shared values and interests.So I argued that there should be a reappraisal of how our collective efforts can best tackle the challenge that Russia poses following President Putin’s re-election.And in my discussions with President Macron and Chancellor Merkel, as well as other leaders, we agreed on the importance of sending a strong European message in response to Russia’s actions – not just out of solidarity with the UK but recognising the threat posed to the national security of all EU countries.So the Council agreed immediate actions including withdrawing the EU’s ambassador from Moscow.And today 18 countries have announced their intention to expel more than 100 Russian intelligence officers from their countries.This includes 15 EU Member States as well as the US, Canada, and the Ukraine.And this is the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history.I have found great solidarity from our friends and partners in the EU, North America, NATO and beyond over the past three weeks as we have confronted the aftermath of the Salisbury incident.And together we have sent a message that we will not tolerate Russia’s continued attempts to flout international law and undermine our values.European nations will also act to strengthen their resilience to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related risks as well as bolstering their capabilities to deal with hybrid threats.We also agreed that we would review progress in June, with Foreign Ministers being tasked to report back ahead of the next Council.Mr Speaker, the challenge of Russia is one that will endure for years to come.As I have made clear before, we have no disagreement with the Russian people who have achieved so much through their country’s great history.Indeed, our thoughts are with them today in the aftermath of the awful shopping centre fire in Kemerovo in Siberia.But President Putin’s regime is carrying out acts of aggression against our shared values and interests within our continent and beyond.And as a sovereign European democracy, the United Kingdom will stand shoulder to shoulder with the EU and with NATO to face down these threats together.US steel tariffsTurning to the United States’ decision to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminium, the Council was clear that these measures cannot be justified on national security grounds, and that sector-wide protection in the US is an inappropriate remedy for the real problems of overcapacity.My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade travelled to Washington last week to argue for an EU-wide exemption.So we welcome the temporary exemption that has now been given to the European Union, but we must work hard to ensure this becomes permanent.At the same time we will continue to support preparations in the EU to defend our industry in a proportionate manner, in compliance with WTO rules.BrexitTurning to Brexit, last week the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union reached agreement with the European Commission negotiating team on large parts of the draft Withdrawal Agreement.This includes the reciprocal agreement on citizens’ rights, the financial settlement, aspects of issues relating to Northern Ireland such as the Common Travel Area, and crucially the detailed terms of a time-limited Implementation Period running to the end of December 2020.I am today placing copies of the draft agreement in the House libraries and I want to thank the Secretary of State and our negotiating team for all their work in getting us to this point.The Council welcomed the agreement reached – including the time that the Implementation Period will provide for governments, businesses and citizens on both sides to prepare for the new relationship we want to build.As I set out in my speech in Florence, it is not in our national interest to ask businesses to undertake two sets of changes.So it follows that during the Implementation Period they should continue to trade on current terms.Whilst I recognise that not everyone will welcome continuation of current trading terms for another 21 months, such an Implementation Period has been widely welcomed by British business because it is necessary if we are to minimise uncertainty and deliver a smooth and successful Brexit.For all of us, the most important issue must be focussing on negotiating the right future relationship that will endure for years to come.And we are determined to use the Implementation Period to prepare properly for that future relationship – which is why it is essential that we have clarity about the terms of that relationship when we ask the House to agree the Implementation Period and the rest of the Withdrawal Agreement in the autumn.Mr Speaker, there are of course some key questions that remain to be resolved on the Withdrawal Agreement – including the governance of the Agreement, and how our commitments to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland should be turned into legal text.As I have made clear, we remain committed to the agreement we reached in December in its entirety.This includes a commitment to agree operational legal text for the “backstop option” set out in the Joint Report – although it remains my firm belief that we can and will find the best solutions for Northern Ireland as part of the overall future relationship between the UK and the EU.I have explained that the specific European Commission proposals for that backstop were unacceptable because they were not in line with Belfast Agreement and threatened the break-up of the UK’s internal market. And as such they were not a fair reflection of the Joint Report.But there are many issues on which we can agree with the Commission and we are committed to working intensively to resolve those which remain outstanding.So I welcome that we are beginning a dedicated set of talks today with the European Commission – and where appropriate the Irish Government – so that we can work together to agree the best way to fulfil the commitments we have made.We have also been working closely with the Government of Gibraltar to ensure that Gibraltar is covered by our EU negotiations on withdrawal, the Implementation Period and future relationship.I am pleased that the draft Agreement published jointly last week correctly applies to Gibraltar, but we will continue to engage closely with the Government of Gibraltar and our European partners to resolve the particular challenges our EU withdrawal poses for Gibraltar and for Spain.Mr Speaker, following my speeches in Munich and at the Mansion House setting out the future security and economic partnerships we want to develop, the Council also agreed guidelines for the next stage of the negotiations on this future relationship which must rightly now be our focus.While there are of course some clear differences between our initial positions, the guidelines are a useful starting point for the negotiations that will now get underway.And I welcome the Council restating the EU’s determination to “have as close as possible a partnership with the UK” and its desire for a “balanced, ambitious and wide-ranging” free trade agreement.For I believe there is now an opportunity to create a new dynamic in these negotiations.The agreements our negotiators have reached on the Withdrawal Agreement and the Implementation Period are proof that with political will – and with a spirit of co-operation and a spirit of opportunity for the future – we can find answers to difficult issues together.And we must continue to do so.For whether people voted leave or remain, many are frankly tired of the old arguments and the attempts to refight the referendum over the past year.With a year to go, people are coming back together and looking forward.They want us to get on with it. 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Press release: Stolen Spencer masterpiece returned to owners

first_img In the event of loss or damage to an object or work covered by the scheme, the government compensates the owners. Cookham from Englefield by Sir Stanley Spencer was on loan to the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham in 2012 when thieves broke in through a window and removed it.The owners said they were devastated at the loss of the painting, which was of great sentimental value.However they were compensated for the loss of the painting by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport under the Government Indemnity Scheme. The scheme provides UK museums and galleries with an alternative to commercial insurance, which can be costly. It allows organisations to display art and objects that they might not have been able to borrow due to high insurance costs.Five years after the theft of Cookham from Englefield, police discovered the painting hidden under a bed during a drugs raid on a property in West London.A 28-year-old man was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court in October after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs and acquiring criminal property. He also admitted a charge of handling stolen goods. Last month the owners were finally reunited with their paintingArts Minister Michael Ellis said: I am pleased to say that the painting has now been returned to its owners. The seizure of the painting was the result of proactive investigation by the Organised Crime Command, which resulted in a significant custodial sentence for the defendant found in possession of the painting. Detective Inspector Brian Hobbs, of the Met’s Organised Crime Command, said: Detective Constable Sophie Hayes, of the Met’s Art and Antiques Unit, said: Sir Stanley Spencer (1891 – 1959) was an English painter known for his works depicting Biblical scenes of his birth place Cookham. He is one of the most important artists of the 20th century and during the Second World War was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee.It is estimated that the Government Indemnity Scheme saves UK museums and galleries £14 million a year. In the last ten years of the scheme, only 12 claims for damage and loss have been received. This incident is the first one where an item covered by the Scheme has been stolen and successfully returned to its original owners. In line with the rules of the Government Indemnity Scheme for return of the painting, the owners repaid the amount they had received in settlement of the claim minus the cost of repairs and depreciation.Notes to editors:center_img The Art and Antiques Unit was delighted to assist with the recovery and return of this important painting. The circumstances of its recovery underline the links between cultural heritage crime and wider criminality. The fact that the painting was stolen five years before it was recovered did not hinder a prosecution for handling stolen goods, demonstrating the Met will pursue these matters wherever possible, no matter how much time has elapsed. Spencer is one our most renowned painters and a true great of the 20th century. It is wonderful that this story has had a happy ending and the painting has been returned to its rightful owners. The Government Indemnity Scheme is administered by Arts Council England on behalf of DCMS. This has been made possible because of the Government Indemnity Scheme. It exists to protect owners when lending their works to public galleries. Without it there would be fewer world class pieces on display across the country for people to enjoy.last_img read more

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